February 01, 2019
You teach a topic, you’ve gone over it a million times and you are met with glazed, confused looks still! You ask yourself what am I doing wrong? How is it that they aren’t getting these concepts?! It’s not you. And it’s not them either.
It is essential, as teachers, to incorporate supplemental material to support concepts and ideas. Regardless of what you teach, you need to re-introduce the concept in a different way. Differential teaching is the goal as an educator to meet the needs of each of your students. We tend to cringe when we hear differential teaching – that this equates to hours more of work only to see those glazed looks again. However, this process can be simple. Educational movies are an enriching supplemental tool that needs to be included in your teaching practices.
Did you know that 65% of the population is visual learners? What does that mean in the educational arena? Lectures and textbooks help build the foundation but you need to combine other visual teaching tools to reinforce instruction. Movies support and fortify understanding through movement, color, action, and even social cues.
Movies can help bridge the gap of understanding and enhance further comprehension. A student might have a good grasp of the content but some areas may be difficult to apprehend. The use of movies in the classroom can facilitate areas of ambiguity.
Motivation is key in the classroom! The more we can provide intrinsic motivation in the classroom, the more our job will be easier. Unmotivated students will benefit through the use of videos in the classroom. It has been observed and studied that students enjoy the use of technology in the classroom and videos are a great way to keep students’ attention so they have more exposure to the content. The more exposure to information a student has the more likely they will commit it to memory.
As teachers, we want to expand their knowledge as much as possible. You want every student to have great depth and breadth of a topic. Movies can elicit and promote higher levels of thinking. Sometimes concepts seem very two-dimensional or flat; students fail to realize how this information can be applicable to them. Therefore, the integration of movies into the classroom can provide a greater perspective. Seeing the emotion of a character on the screen might imbue empathy and compassion; this further insight is valuable and integral to learning.
It is recommended to include movies in the classroom as a teaching tool for your students. It builds upon previous learning components, offers transferable concepts, and fills in missing crucial ideas and objectives. Furthermore, since it can be assumed that 65% of your students learn through the use of visual cues, you need to include other forms of teaching methodology practices to meet the needs of your students. The use of movies in the classroom will be transformational at advancing student success and diversifying the needs of your students.